Benue State Government freed over 200 cattle seized in Mbala, Makurdi, and Guma Local Government both in Benue State of Nigeria
The cattle were given back to their owners when all conditions of the release amounting to about N5Million were met.
Commander of the Livestock Guards of Benue State, Zaki Linus warned the owners to stop violating the state’s anti-grazing laws request for approval to establish ranches according to the law.
He furthermore warned the herders not to break the anti-grazing law as lawbreakers won’t be let free easily.
“He recounted that they arrested 70 cattle and 140 cattle in Gbajimba and Mbala respectively.
In all, 210 cattle were freed to the herders.
He added that they won’t stop implementing the state’s law so herders must follow the right process.
Each cow was freed for N2,000 with 70 of the cattle been held for 8 days and 140 cattle seized for two weeks. The amount totals N5million in revenue to the State Govt.
The association of Cattle Breeders through its secretary Galma Ibrahim asked for clemency as the processes involved in establishing a ranch is advanced for the average Herdsman.